[FILE PHOTO] President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel
The Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) says it will conduct the investiture of its patrons from the northern part of the country tomorrow in Abuja as part of its programme to reposition the Olympic Movement in the country and explore new frontiers in spreading the benefits of its ideals.
The event, scheduled for the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, is a continuation of a similar exercise conducted at the Elegushi Palace in Lagos a fortnight ago, where five prominent personalities were decorated.
The six eminent Nigerians to be honoured at the Abuja occasion are Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi State, wife of Kebbi State Governor, Zainab Bagudu, Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, Major General Adamu Dyeri (rtd) and Alhaji Bashari Mohammed Gumel.
At the Lagos event, Chief (Mrs.) Kofo Nwokedi, Sir Marc Wabara, H.E. Emmanuel Uduaghan, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and His Royal Majesty Oba S.A. Elegushi were inducted as NOC patrons.
NOC President, Habu Gumel, who is also a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said the Olympic body decided to choose men and women with passion for sports to impart in the activities of the body and also affect the well being of Nigerian athletes.
“The fatherly role and duties of our distinguished Patrons, whom we are inaugurating are majorly advisory and ambassadorial. We shall from time to time defer to your high offices with a view to seeking your advice or guidance and also take advantage of your wealth of experience or connectivity to further strengthen our operations and the delivery of our common Olympic Movement objectives,” Gumel said.